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Filling The Sails
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sailing, living aboard, sailboat, cruising
sailing, living aboard, sailboat, cruising

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My sails are full...

…when sails are working their hardest and accomplishing the most, they are full and quiet. When the sails are struggling and not efficient, they’re very noisy. It parallels some aspects of our lives. When we’re content and working hard to accomplish a goal, we are usually quiet and oriented, not expending energy on distractions or making noise. Likewise, when we’re struggling with something or unable to maintain a proper course, we need adjustment just as one would adjust a sail.
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Read the full blog post at: http://fillingthesails.com/my-sails-are-full/

#Inspiration, #Working
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Hatch Board Heaven

As you might recall from my Hatch Board Hell post, my hatch boards were seriously a wreck. I’m happy to report that after some serious work, my friend from work has helped me transition out of the depths of hatch board hell. Take a look at these beauties!
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Read the full blog post at: http://fillingthesails.com/hatch-board-heaven/

#DIYBoatMaintenance, #HatchBoards
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I can finally steer the boat again!

I’ve had the boat out a couple times since installing the new tiller. You know how when you were a kid and got brand new shoes and thought you could run faster? Well, I think my boat may be faster now! Haha.
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Read the full blog post at: http://fillingthesails.com/i-can-finally-steer-the-boat-again/

#OnboardProjects, #Tiller
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Harvest Moon Regatta 2017

We only had one issue that really concerned us during the overnight race. Our port jibsheet snapped! It sounded like a gun being fired. But we were able to use our way-too-long main reefing line as a makeshift jibsheet. It served a double-ended purpose for the remainder of the race.
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Read the full blog post at: http://fillingthesails.com/harvest-moon-regatta-2017/

#HarvestMoonRegatta
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... And it happened again!

We tacked around a couple times and then “Crack….!!!” I heard the tiller break! I could tell it broke at the very back, under the metal brackets. 
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Read the full blog post at: http://fillingthesails.com/and-it-happened-again/

#Catalina25, #DIYBoatMaintenance, #Tiller
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Hatch board hell

When I bought the boat, the companionway was (and currently is) covered by one piece of painted plywood. It looks terrible, it’s heavy, and it’s difficult to store while underway. It’s hatch board hell. 
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Read the full blog post at: http://fillingthesails.com/hatch-board-hell/

#Catalina25, #DIYBoatMaintenance, #HatchBoards
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What a great time! First time to race in the Harvest Moon Regatta. On a chartered boat none of us had sailed on before. First Hunter boat to finish and second place in our fleet. Looking forward to next year!

#HarvestMoonRegatta #Regatta
#Sailing #Sailboat #Hunter
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10/8/17
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12-14 mph winds from Southeast, gusting to 18 mph. 97° F.

We boarded Steve-o's S2 and motored out of the slip. Shortly after clearing the marina, I hoisted the main then the 100% jib. We decided on it instead of the 150% Genoa due to the increased winds.

We made our way on a close hauled reach out to the point then tacked and made another close reach to the buoy. Scott handled the jibsheets and I handled the mainsheet. Steve-o helmed and Ric worked the deck. We had to do a corrective tack shortly prior to the buoy.

Once rounding the buoy, we pointed back toward the dam on a broad reach. I took over the helm while Ric and Steve-o sorted the pole. We poled out the jib on the starboard side for a while until the wind got too far forward of the beam, then it was loosed and we broad reached with it on the port side.

After turning toward the marina, we were wing-on-wing for a while until we gybed (accidentally, my fault). We stayed on a deep reach almost all the way back to marina.

I returned the helm to Steve-o, doused the headsail then the main while we sailed back into the slip.

#sailing
#sailboat
#sun
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9/21/17
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#GOSAILINGSUMMER
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